Need another word that means the same as “arbitrary”? Find 20 synonyms and 30 related words for “arbitrary” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Arbitrary” are: capricious, whimsical, random, chance, erratic, unpredictable, inconsistent, wild, haphazard, casual, despotic, tyrannical, tyrannous, peremptory, summary, autocratic, dictatorial, authoritarian, draconian, autarchic
Arbitrary as an Adjective
Definitions of "Arbitrary" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “arbitrary” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
- (of power or a ruling body) unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority.
- Based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice.
- (of a constant or other quantity) of unspecified value.
Synonyms of "Arbitrary" as an adjective (20 Words)
|autarchic||Of or relating to or characterized by autarchy.|
|authoritarian||Characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty.|
He had an authoritarian and at times belligerent manner.
|autocratic||Offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power.|
An autocratic person.
|capricious||Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason.|
A capricious refusal.
|casual||Occurring from time to time.|
A casual short sleeved shirt.
|chance||Occurring or appearing or singled out by chance.|
A chance meeting.
|despotic||Ruled by or characteristic of a despot.|
His administration was arrogant and despotic.
|dictatorial||Characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty.|
His mother in law was somewhat dictatorial.
|draconian||(of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe.|
The Nazis destroyed the independence of the press by a series of draconian laws.
|erratic||Likely to perform unpredictably.|
Erratic winds are the bane of a sailor.
|haphazard||Dependent upon or characterized by chance.|
A most haphazard system of record keeping.
|inconsistent||Displaying a lack of consistency.|
He had done nothing inconsistent with his morality.
|peremptory||Not allowing contradiction or refusal.|
Spoke in peremptory tones.
|random||Unfamiliar or unspecified.|
The class was hard but he was so random that it was always fun.
|summary||Not including needless details or formalities; brief.|
|tyrannical||Characteristic of tyranny; oppressive and controlling.|
A tyrannical parent.
|tyrannous||Marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior.|
A tyrannous disregard for the welfare of the workers.
|unpredictable||Unknown in advance.|
An unpredictable or indeterminable future.
|whimsical||Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason.|
The victim of whimsical persecutions.
|wild||Produced from wild animals or plants without cultivation.|
Usage Examples of "Arbitrary" as an adjective
- Arbitrary division of the group into halves.
- An arbitrary choice.
- Of arbitrary size and shape.
- The arbitrary rule of a dictator.
- An arbitrary decision.
- An arbitrary penalty.
- A country under arbitrary government.
Associations of "Arbitrary" (30 Words)
|arbitrarily||In a random manner.|
Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained.
|arrhythmic||Not rhythmic; without rhythm or regularity.|
An arrhythmic heartbeat.
|assigned||Appointed to a post or duty.|
|careless||Without due thought or consideration.|
|cursory||Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough.|
A cursory glance at the figures.
|discretionary||Denoting or relating to investment funds placed with a broker or manager who has discretion to invest them on the client’s behalf.|
|haphazard||Marked by great carelessness.|
A most haphazard system of record keeping.
|haphazardly||Without care; in a slapdash manner.|
A hodgepodge of family photos haphazardly arranged on a table.
|headlong||Extremely or recklessly hasty.|
A headlong rush to sell.
|hurried||Done in a hurry; rushed.|
A hurried job.
|impetuous||Moving forcefully or rapidly.|
Impetuous heaving waves.
|impulsive||Acting as an impulse.|
Liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers.
|indiscriminate||Done at random or without careful judgement.|
The indiscriminate use of antibiotics can cause problems.
|indiscriminately||In a random manner.|
People who are sedentary and who eat indiscriminately.
|perfunctorily||In a set manner without serious attention.|
He kissed her cheek perfunctorily.
|precipitant||A cause or stimulus which precipitates a particular condition.|
The immediate precipitants of the conflict.
|random||(of masonry) with stones of irregular size and shape.|
Some randoms in the crowd asked Ivan Ljubicic to take a photo for them.
|randomize||Arrange in random order.|
You can randomize the ingredients with the tap of a button.
|randomly||In a random manner.|
I randomly split the ironing into two piles.
|rashly||Without careful consideration of the possible consequences; impetuously.|
He rashly promised crime would fall sharply by September.
|rushed||Done or completed too hurriedly; hasty.|
A rushed job.
|slapdash||Hurriedly and carelessly.|
|slipshod||Marked by great carelessness.|
|spasmodic||Occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts.|
Spasmodic fighting continued.
|swift||A swift flying insectivorous bird with long slender wings and a superficial resemblance to a swallow spending most of its life on the wing.|
The water was very swift.
|unjustified||Not shown to be right or reasonable.|
Unjustified price increases.
|unpredictable||Not capable of being foretold.|
The unpredictable weather of the Scottish islands.